September 28, 2017 -
Gemalto announced Wyoming’s recent decision to join four other jurisdictions participate in a pilot for digital driver’s licenses (DDLs).
The state will join Colorado, Idaho, Maryland and Washington D.C. for the pilot, which originally stemmed from a government grant Gemalto received last year to develop a smartphone-based credential.
This latest partnership includes a two year grant from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which leads the country’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, an effort focused on securing and protecting privacy in the digital world.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) asked to join the mobile driver’s license pilot with an intent to focus their phase one efforts primarily on enrollment and law enforcement verification.
“Gemalto’s expertise, as demonstrated by the early pilot results, encouraged us to add a digital companion to our physical card,” Debbie Trojovsky, program manager of driver services at Wyoming Department of Transportation, said. “The digital driver license’s security features, advanced in-field verification, enhanced privacy, and remote update capabilities will allow us to bring improved service to Wyoming residents.”
By sharing a border with two other pilot participants, Colorado and Idaho, Wyoming’s participation furthers the use case of cross-border verification for out-of-state credentials using the trusted technology made possible by a digital format.
“With Wyoming’s participation, we are able to further broaden the pilot scope and continue to refine the solution to meet the unique needs presented by different jurisdictions,” Steve Purdy, vice president of state government programs at Gemalto, said. “The results of this collaborative initiative will put Wyoming at the forefront of digital identity and provide the foundation for future implementation strategies across the nation and the world.”
Earlier this month, Gemalto announced that its biometric ePassport technologies are currently being used in over 30 different countries, including Algeria, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and the United States.